Emily Goddard Named Associate Director for Public Administration and Community Development for NKADD


Emily (Carnahan) Goddard has been named Associate Director of Public Administration and Community Development for the Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD).

Emilie Goddard

Emily most recently served as Senior Director of Grantmaking at United Way of Greater Cincinnati, managing a team that implements social service investment programs throughout the region. In this role, Emily administered multiple streams of public funding and worked with a variety of partners including elected officials, local government staff, and non-profit partners to implement programs. Emily has also held community development positions for Hamilton County, Ohio, and the Public Administration and Community Development Division of NKADD.

Emily was honored in 2017 by the American Planning Association KY Chapter with the Outstanding Young Planner Award. She holds a master’s degree in community planning from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Kentucky.

She lives in Edgewood with her husband, Jeremy, and their three dogs: Coal, Jax and Winston.

“Emily’s grantmaking experience and knowledge of the northern Kentucky communities we serve will strengthen NKADD and help us expand the technical resources we provide to the region,” said Tara Johnson-Noem. , executive director of the NKADD. “I’m thrilled that Emily has joined our team.”

The Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD) is one of 15 multi-county planning and development organizations that make up a statewide network. NKADD strives to foster regional strategies, soluons and partnerships that achieve sustainable economic growth and improve the overall quality of life for citizens of the region.


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